MEET THE BOARD
CHRIS BOSWELL | PRESIDENT
Chris Boswell is a Civil Engineer at Sherwood Design Engineers providing site civil support on a variety of project types . He has a Bachelor's in Business Management Economics from UC Santa Cruz and a Bachelor's and Master's from UC Berkeley in Civil Engineering. His passion for nature, sustainability and simple solutions to complex problems drew him to Sherwood where he is able to take a holistic approach and provide a sustainable and resilient design.
RUWANKA PURASINGHE | PAST-PRESIDENT & GOLF TOURNAMENT CO-CHAIR
Ruwanka Purasinghe is a Civil Engineer for the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, where he currently works in the Project Management Office of the Water Engineering & Technical Services Division. Ruwanka is heavily involved with ASCE, serving as a former President of the LA Younger Member Forum, member on ASCE's Committee on America's Infrastructure, and ASCE's Engineering Policy Committee. Outside of ASCE and work, Ruwanka founded and is CEO of a 501c3 non-profit he created called Kicks 4 Kids, and a big brother mentor for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles. For Ruwanka's efforts in the engineering and LA community, Ruwanka has been featured on NBC Learn and Time for Kids.
KEVIN WOODS | VICE-PRESIDENT
Kevin is an associate civil engineer managing flood control maintenance projects at the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works’ Operational Services Division. He also has a traffic and electrical maintenance and water background at the County, having worked on upgrading traffic signals, watershed management, and water utility design projects. He graduated from UC Irvine with both his Masters and Bachelors Degree of Civil Engineering. Besides ASCE, he enjoys working with his alma mater’s engineering alumni society, and enjoying going out whether it’s playing sports, socializing, or camping.
KAITLIN HANNON | SECRETARY
Kaitlin Hannon is a Civil Engineer with the County of Los Angeles Public Works currently focusing on Equity in County Infrastructure. Prior to her time on the Equity Team, Kaitlin worked in the water/environmental sector for over 10 years, starting with Kenneth/Jenks Consultants in 2010 and moved to Los Angeles County in 2013, with a brief period at URS in between. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineer from Syracuse University and her Masters in Public Administration from California State University at Northridge. She has held many positions with ASCE LA YMF and looks forward to now serving on the MLAB Board. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her dogs, cooking, hiking, and exploring LA.
BEN BAKER | TREASURER
Benjamin Baker is currently an assistant project manager with Walsh Group on Los Angeles County Metro's Crenshaw/LAX rail transit project. In the past he has also worked as a project engineer in the civil division at KPFF Consulting Engineers, as an intern at the City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works Bureau of Engineering (Bridge Improvement Division), and as a utilities engineer in the Rail Transit and Crossings Branch at the California Public Utilities Commission. He has a Master's of Science in Civil Engineering and Project Management from UC Berkeley and a Bachelor's of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from UCLA. He has been involved with ASCE since 2006, including as a former officer and project manager for the UCLA student chapter.
MATTHEW JACOBSON | NEWSLETTER CHAIR
Matthew Jacobson, EIT, ENV SP, A.M.ASCE is a Civil Analyst with Kimley-Horn, in downtown Los Angeles working on land development projects all across Southern California. He has experience in single-family residential, small-site retail, and commercial projects. He graduated with his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Cal Poly Pomona. During his Junior year he served as the CPP ASCE President leading the student chapter to receive the 2021 ASCE Region 9 Distinguished Student Chapter Award. Matthew also serves on the ASCE Committee on Younger Members with the Society-Level ASCE. Aside from work, Matthew enjoys running, photography, camping, and boba.
PAUL LEE | GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS CHAIR
Paul is an Energy Policy Analyst with the Los Angeles Mayor's Office of Sustainability. His work entails coordinating renewable projects city wide, tracking greenhouse gas emissions, and engaging in climate action policies across the global C40 network. He has his Bachelor’s from UCLA and Master’s from UC Berkeley in Civil Engineering. He's now pursing his Master's in Public Adminstration from USC. Paul is a sustainable infrastructure and climate advocate.
NIKKI ZULUETA | HIGH SCHOOL BRIDGE CONTEST CHAIR
Nikki Zulueta is a Civil Engineering Associate with the Bureau of Engineering. She received her Bachelor's from Cal State Northridge and Master's from UCLA in Civil Engineering. She has worked in geotechnical engineering and is now currently working in construction management. Her passions include volunteering with kids to teach them about engineering and staying active on her free time.
JIM DALY | GOLF TOURNAMENT CO-CHAIR
Jim Daly is an Assistant Deputy Director for Los Angles County Public Works overseeing Road Maintenance Operations for the County. He provides Administrative oversight of the field operations for the unincorporated area of Los Angeles County. He has over 35 years of experience in the design, construction, project management and administration of Flood, Road and Building Infrastructure in Los Angeles County. He received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from UC Irvine. He enjoys travelling, hiking, playing tennis, and spending time with family.
AMIT JOSHI | PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CO-CHAIR
Amit Joshi is a Senior Dam Safety Engineer at the California Department of Water Resources, Division of Safety of Dams. He works as a project engineer on spillway assessment and re-evaluation, dam applications and modifications, inundation maps review, and dam risk assessment projects in California. Previously, he worked as a Bridge Engineer at Caltrans, Division of Engineering Services, Office of Bridge Design South. He has served as a project engineer on various seismic retrofit, bridge widening and bridge replacement projects. Amit has a Master of Science Degree from the University of California Davis in Structural Engineering, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the College of Engineering Pune, India.
CHLOE GHARIOS | YMF LIAISON
Chloe is currently working at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power in the Power Engineering Department. She received her BS in civil engineering from Cal State Fullerton, and Masters in engineering management from USC. She has always been very involved with ASCE, previously for Orange County YMF and as president of her student chapter during undergrad. Chloe’s hobbies outside of Engineering are soccer and traveling.
LINDA LUU | MEMBERSHIP CHAIR
Linda is a Project Engineer within the Facilities, Infrastructure, and Development group at Psomas based in the DTLA and the Riverside office on mixed use and site development projects focusing on design and permitting. She has also worked on public works projects. Linda graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. A classmate of hers introduced her to ASCE and she's been hooked since, holding various LA YMF positions prior to joining MLAB. She also serves on the ASCE Los Angeles Section board as Treasurer. During her free time, she enjoys spontaneous weekend trips, exploring mountain roads, hiking, camping, volunteering, and experimenting with different recipes using her Instant Pot.
LEILA KHALKHALI | K-12 OUTREACH CHAIR
Leila is a Transportation Engineer at California Department of Transportation (Caltrans District 7) working on traffic operations and roadway designs. She also has a geotechnical background with several consulting firms, having worked on residential, commercial and large infrastructures geotechnical projects. She graduated from Michigan State University with her Masters Degree of Civil Engineering. Besides ASCE, she enjoys travelling, and playing sports.
CHRIS SHEPPARD | HISTORY & HERITAGE CHAIR
Christopher Sheppard is a Senior Civil Engineer working in the Environmental Programs Division of Los Angeles County Public Works. He provides technical support, insight and direction for Solid Waste Management policies and programs for Los Angeles County. He received his Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering from Syracuse University as well as a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Cal State Northridge. He enjoys hiking, camping and generally being outdoors as well as volunteering with activies for his two children.
YARA HAMMAD | PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CO-CHAIR
Yara is a Structural associate engineer at PacRim Engineering. She graduated with Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering from Cal State Northridge. She then earned her masters in Structural Engineering from Cal Poly Pomona. She joined ASCE back in college. When she isn't working, she enjoys tennis, swimming, reading and spending time with family.